A THUG who attacked his mother and his sister before threatening to petrol bomb the family home has been spared jail.
Craig Pinnock, 27, had been involved in a drinking game before visiting his mother’s home in South Tyneside and carrying out the early hours assaults.
He was told he had narrowly avoided prison when sentenced on assault charges at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
He had been due to stand trial on the matter last month but changed his plea to guilty on the day of the hearing. The the case was adjourned until yesterday for a pre-sentence report.
Pinnock, of Hexham Avenue in Hebburn, was told by magistrates to be “very, very thankful’ he wasn’t locked up.
Pinnock was handed a 23-week jail sentence – suspended for 24 months – and ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work.
Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said Pinnock arrived at the house in the early hours of the morning and, after being told to get a taxi home, grabbed his sister and punched her three times in the face.
She said: “His mother tried to intervene but he punched her in the face. He then left the house but returned a short time later and said ‘I will petrol bomb your house and finish you off’.”
Kate Lewis, defending, said: “He has very little recollection of what happened. Earlier, he had been playing a drinking game.
“This isn’t to minimise what is a nasty incident, but the bottom line is he genuinely doesn’t remember what happened. “He is genuinely remorseful and deeply ashamed. He realises he has to change and he wants to change.”
Magistrates’ chairwoman Linda Murphy said: “These offences have taken place in the family home, which should be a place of safety.
“We hear of your remorse, but the offence is so serious that only custody can be justified.
“But we will suspend the sentence.”
As well as the suspended jail term, and unpaid work, Pinnock was ordered to pay costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £80.